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Ashford University
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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2013
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A friend told me about Ashford University and I was a bit weary about attending at my age. I decided one day to give it a try and I am glad I did. I received my degree in Early Childhood Administration and now I am seriously thinking about working on my Master's Degree at Ashford University.

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Ashford was a Wonderful Experience!
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Degree: Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I attended Ashford University for a little over 3 1/2 years, received a Bachelor in Healthcare Administration, minored in Psychology and specialized in Public Administration. It was the best college I ever attended. The instructors, advisory and curriculum were great. I learned tremendously.

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Lisa j - about 1 month ago

Please tell me if you found employment after graduation. I want to follow in the same degree/field as you have done. Please respond back..Thanks

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CharJay - 29 days ago

Hi Lisa j,

I am at a local university now for my Masters degree in Human Services Administration. I am glad I chose Healthcare Administration, minor in Psychology not only due to it being of great interest to me, it opened up a lot of opportunities for employment. When I first graduated I went for positions that were on the executive level (home health administrator),which I did have experience in yet I had difficulty landing employment. After about 4 months I applied for positions on a professional entry or management level. Once I did that I received more responses. I am now employed as a supervisor for an organization that assists adult living with developmental delays. I have learned it is best to be open to all facets of your degree. Ashford's Career Services are awesome, my resume' is well put together and provided me with interviews. Where ever you reside look into Career Fairs that are held at local colleges, that's where I had 3 offers and had to pick which one I wanted the most.

I hope all goes well!

CharJay

Great school....very military friendly!
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Degree: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Graduation Year: 2014
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As a military member, I found Ashford to be incredibly user friendly. As with anything, you have to take the good with the bad and no school that you attend will be 100% perfect. The professors that I had were all knowledgeable, and each had their own way of teaching and presenting material. I am not ashamed to say that I was never what you would call an "exemplary student", but the drive and determination that I had combined with the instruction and course material allowed me to graduate Magna Cum Laude. I am very proud of my accomplishments and would advise anyone seeking a college education to check out Ashford University.

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Ashford University is a great school
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Degree: Behavioral Aspects of Health
Graduation Year: 2015
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Ashford University has been wonderful I really like the faced pace, five week courses because i get bored really fast. There are several things you ned to know to determine if the school is right for you. First, you must be a fast learner who has extensive comprehension skills. Next, academic level writing skills for any online school are required because everything you do is written unlike face-to-face brick and mortar courses. You must be semi computer literate to navigate the classroom, and internet to conduct research. Procrastinators need not apply, time management skills are critical and the instructors hold you to the time frames unless you request extensions with penalties. Ultimately it is your responsibility to complete the work in a timely fashion. Ultimately if you put in the work, can work autonomously, and enjoy learning Ashford University will be for you. On the other hand if you just do enough to get by expecting to get a quality education shame on you. The four years flew by and now I am considering a Masters Degree in Organizational Development (OD). I could not have asked for more from a school. I would highly recommend Ashford University to any one who meets the criteria above.

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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2015
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Ashford has helped me in every way possible. When I call they answer the phone and actually answer my questions. I'm close to graduating and I love this school

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Ashford is an outstanding school.
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Degree: Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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As an active duty military student you can't find a more military friendly school. My tuition assistance covers everything and Ashford supplies books and lab kits for free. The curriculum is challenging and engaging. My instructors have all been knowledgeable subject matter experts. Ashford accepted all my military credits and classes I have taken in the past. Ashford is an excellent school.

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sherkisha - about 1 month ago

Did you receive a federal Pell Grant back

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Kari - about 1 month ago

Many of the posts about Ashford are ironic. Students are complaining that Ashford sucks, which it does in terms of quality, but the students posting reviews have graduated and can barely form a coherent sentence!

"Ashford took my money and didn't want to give it to me when I asked why it was so much and why did tuition go up and they said don't worry well fix it but they didn't." Yeah, real college material right there. Be grateful a for-profit school like Ashford exists to circumvent social Darwinism for some of you morons.

Pros and too many Cons!
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Degree: Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
Graduation Year: 2017
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First off, I am a National Guard veteran. When I spoke with an advisor, they took this into consideration and were very excited to tell me about their veteran discounts and what they have to offer. I have taken 6 courses so far and I have noticed a lot of my classmates are also veterans or currently in the military. I started with Ashford in the beginning of summer 2014. So far my cons I have with the school are: 1. They first told me I had all the paperwork, and then they told me there was missing paper work. Not a big deal to redo some if it, but it was annoying. 2. Instructors are VERY less than helpful. I e-mail when I have issues, concerns, or flat out confused and they just tell me to go to the Ashford writing center. Even when my question had nothing to do with writing, I was asking for clarification on an assignment. 3. The amount of essays, discussion topics, and everything else they cram into 5 weeks in insane! I can hardly keep up with it and my GPA can speak for that. 4. First week of my most recent class I had to create a layout already for the week 5 final essay, do my intro, discussion topics, and a quiz on top of all of it. I understand it's a school and you have assignments and discussion topics count towards attendance, but wow! That first week felt like an overload. How is a person supposed to make a final essay outline in the first week of class if we have no knowledge so far of everything we are to learn? 5. They really need to implement more breaks, such as spring breaks or at least a week or two in the summer. It's nice have a couple of days during Thanksgiving and two weeks during Christmas, but I feel I will get burned out with everything being back to back, nonstop and no breaks again until the end of the year. 6. The instructor’s reviews of submitted assignments are so vague. For example my thesis statement was considered "awkward” by my instructor. Can I take that moment to be the instructor and ask questions such as "What about this thesis statement makes it awkward?" Pros: 1. Having one class at a time to concentrate on is nice. 2. I didn't have to take an accuplacer, which I think is a good thing?? 3. The online class is quite simple to navigate. 4. Online school is convenient since I work part-time and the local tech school class hours clash with my work hours. Those are about the only four I can think of at the moment. I honestly feel like I am not getting the education I deserve with how fast they fly through these classes. I want to know that I WORKED for my education and degree and not just fly through a bunch of classes and end up with a degree with no knowledge to back it up. I think I might end up going to a brick and mortar school because I learn better in a face to face setting.

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Colin - 2 months ago

You know, you can submit a break request at any time during the year if you feel burned out.

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Katey M - about 1 month ago

I have always been able to get the information I need. The ask instructor message board has always worked for me. The amount of work they"cram" in...it is a five week class it has to be intense to cover all of the information. College should be challenging and I still have a great GPA.

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Pamela - about 1 month ago

I have been at Ashford since 2011 and am now working on my Master's in Business Administration. I have also attended the traditional brick and mortar schools before I started at Ashford and I cannot say enough good things about the on-line classes. I am very, intense for lack of a better word, about my grades and am very proud to say that I am in three different academic honor societies and have even been asked if I might like to teach a class. But, I do know people that have had a hard time with on-line classes and have returned to the brick and mortar school. As for breaks, any time I felt I neede a break I just contacted my advisor and filled out the break request form. They were all approved, no problem. Any time I had any questions, I would eithe post on the ask instructor message board, or e-mail them. They always answered my questions within 24 hours. I am sorry that you feel you are not getting the education you expected, especially from Ashford. I am proud to say that now Ashford has partnered with the Forbes School of Business and this prestige looks really good on my degrees. I do agree that each week's work does seem like a lot, but it really is not. If you were to physically go to class it would take time to get ready to go, then you have to drive to the campus, find a parking space and get to class - on time. After class, you would have to drive back home and then start taking care of business at home. Estimated, this could take any where from 2 to 4 hours. Also, if attending a physical school, you would probably have to take more than 1 class at a time, which would put more school work on your plate. Maybe you are just a little overwhelmed and need to take a deep breath and relax. Maybe you would be more comfortable in a traditional classroom. Or, maybe you just need to adjust your daily schedule. Either way, do not let this get in the way of achieving your goal. Learning is supposed to be fun. So just relax before you make any rash decisions and think about how you could improve your present situation. I really enjoy the freedom the on-line classes give me. I can go to class in my underwear if I want to, and I do not have to worry about being late for class :) Good Luck.

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Kristen Henson - about 1 month ago

Katey M. works for them and is sabotaging reviews.

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Degree: Behavioral Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015
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I was able to get ahold of someone when I had questions. They were able to answer right away or find someone that could help. I had a great experience.

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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 20213
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In working a full-time position in a non-profit organization, I was able to complete my studies without any feelings of being overwhelmed. Yes the assignments were a challange looking at the syllabus, but once you have devised your study pattern that worked for you, I found it was managable. I think you as a student need to have the determination to take on the task of continuing your education. Yes the tuition fees are higher than some other tuitions you as a person need to be able to make that determination whether the cost of the programs is what you are willing to invest in a career. I experienced death of 2 family members while in school and I was able to take the time that I needed with the direction of my advisor that also allowed me to maintain my attendance requirements for finanacial aid. The program challenged my to devise a plan that worked for me. I would advise students to ask questions and use your judgment as to whether this program would be a beneficial venture for your.

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never go to ashford!!
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Degree: Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Graduation Year: 2016
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I would never recommend this school to anyone just because of the financial aid office!! the instructor's are very good, but I feel like the financial aid office did not apply all my aid to my classes and/or stipend. they are telling me I owe $1071 and I know I had enough aid to take care of my classes!! they also add classes on that are not even scheduled for months later!! I am going to file a report with the doe and let them check into this school!!!

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Katey M - about 1 month ago

I have never had any financial aid issues with Ashford. And Financial aid alone could not cover the entire cost, student loans or cash payment would be needed.

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Kristen Henson - about 1 month ago

Katey M. works for Ashford. They were actually audited because of their shady business practices. They did not do well on the audit and were found guilty of retaining financial aid that was not theirs. They are also a for profit school.

And Katey financial aid alone does cover the entire cost a lot of times, please read a book.

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